Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL)

The Mandarin language test officially recognised in Taiwan and implemented throughout the world, the ‘Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language’ (TOCFL: http://www.sc-top.org.tw/english/eng_index.php) will be held in central London on Tuesday 13th February, 2018. Bands A (入門基礎級), B (進階高階級) and C (流利精通級) may be offered, although the exact schedule will be formulated in accordance with the demand for each band.

Those intending to apply for a language scholarship (Huayu Enrichment Scholarship) should consider sitting the TOCFL if they do not hold any formal Mandarin qualifications and are unable to demonstrate existing Mandarin ability through other means.

Those intending to apply for a degree scholarship (Taiwan Scholarship) to study in Taiwan are also strongly encouraged to take this opportunity to sit the test. If applying for a degree programme that is fully or partially Mandarin-taught, submission of a TOCFL certificate is mandatory during the scholarship application process. Furthermore, in the case of certain degree programmes at Taiwanese universities, a valid TOCFL certificate at Band B or higher is a fixed entry requirement.

The test will comprise two elements: Reading and Listening. All questions will be multiple-choice format, with each question representing one point. No deductions will be made to the total score for wrong answers. The TOCFL will be approximately two hours in duration (depending on band) and papers are available in both traditional and simplified characters.

Exact times and location details will be confirmed shortly.

The cost of the test will be £25.00 per test/band. Candidates will be asked to pay the registration fee by cheque or bank transfer after submitting a completed registration form.

If you would be interested in registering for this test, please contact Olivia Saunders at the Education Division, Taipei Representative Office in the UK, at olivia.saunders@mofa.gov.tw / 0207 436 5888. The deadline for registration is 17.00 on Friday 12th January, 2018.